[Marxism] Fwd: Fw: [Military-embargo] Russian Air Force Receives Israeli Designed UAV

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 6 13:29:09 MST 2014


Israel to Russia to Syria?
Maybe THIS will give the "anti-imperialists" some food for thought.
Nah, that assumes they think in the first place.

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From: Frank Slijper <frank.slijper at hetnet.nl>
To: Military-embargo at lists.bdsmovement.net
Subject: [Military-embargo] Russian Air Force Receives Israeli Designed UAV
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 21:18:53 +0100

http://i-hls.com/2014/02/russian-air-force-receives-israeli-designed-uav/

    February 3, 2014 at 13:00

Russian Air Force Receives Israeli Designed
UAV<http://i-hls.com/2014/02/russian-air-force-receives-israeli-designed-uav/>
Posted by newsdesk <http://i-hls.com/author/newsdesk/>
Russian Air Force has received six 'Outpost' (Searcher-II)
UAV<http://i-hls.com/2014/01/ausr-2014-expo-autonomous-unmanned-systems-robotics/>'s.
The platoon will be based in RAF's air base in Kamchatka and will perform
tactical reconnaissance sorties in the region.
[image: Russian Air Force Searcher II UAV (Wikimedia
Commons)]<http://i-hls.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/800px-%D0%A4%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%82_02.jpg>
Russian Air Force Searcher II UAV (Wikimedia Commons)
iHLS <http://i-hls.com/> - Israel Homeland Security <http://i-hls.com/>
The 'Outpost' UAV<http://i-hls.com/2014/01/ausr-2014-expo-autonomous-unmanned-systems-robotics/>has
been produced by UZGA at its Nizhny Tagil factory, under license from
Israeli IAI.



http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/picture-russian-assembled-searcher-uav-takes-flight-381728/
PICTURE: Russian-assembled Searcher UAV takes flight
By: Craig Hoyle <http://www.flightglobal.com/landingpage/Craig%20Hoyle.html>
London
Source:
<http://www.qssweb.co.uk/rbpsubs/default.aspx?title=fin&entry=new&subtype=a&prom=1469>
16:20 31 Jan 2013
Russia's Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UZGA) has performed the first flight
of a locally-assembled Israel Aerospace Industries Searcher II unmanned air
vehicle.
During flight tests performed from Yekaterinburg in early December 2012,
the type operated "smoothly" despite operations being performed with a
ground temperature of about -30¢ªC (-22¢ªF), the Oboronprom group company
says.


Oboronprom
Since 2009, Moscow<http://www.flightglobal.com/landingpage/Moscow%20Domodedovo%20International.html>has
signed deals worth an estimated $400 million to acquire Israeli UAVs
and production know-how. IAI has already transferred technical
documentation, components and also provided technician training in support
of the pact, UZGA says.
Under the existing agreements, Russian industry will take on an increasing
role during the production of Searcher II and IAI BirdEye-400 air vehicles
for use by the nation's armed forces.
Russia has also shown interest in acquiring more capable systems, such as
the IAI Heron <http://www.flightglobal.com/landingpage/IAI%20Heron.html>,
or jointly developing new equipment with Israeli industry, although its
relations with the governments in Iran and Syria have complicated such
discussions.


http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/israel-and-russia-in-uav-deal-05459/?utm_medium=textlink&utm_term=continuereading
Russia's Israeli UAV Deals: Quid Pro Quo?
Feb 05, 2014 <http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/date/2014/02/05/> 16:01
UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
*Latest update [?]*
[image: UAV Searcher-II
Components]<http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_UAV_Searcher-II_Components_lg.jpg>

Searcher II system
Russia now producing Searcher-II UAVs locally, and taking deliveries in
Kamchatka; Additional Readings section updated & upgraded.
*Feb 3/14: local assembly.* i-HLS offers an update that clarifies at least
part of the $400 million October 2010 local assembly agreement.

"Russian Air Force has received six 'Outpost' (Searcher-II) UAV's. The
platoon will be based in RAF's air base in Kamchatka and will perform
tactical reconnaissance sorties in the region. The 'Outpost' UAV has been
produced by UZGA at its Nizhny Tagil [Sverdlovsk] factory, under license
from Israeli IAI."

Kamchatka is Russia's northeastern coast, above Japan. What's up there?
Among other things, Russia's Pacific Fleet, including its nuclear
submarines. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how many of Russia's
other Israeli UAVs end up in the Sochi region for the next little while.
Sources: i-HLS, "Russian Air Force Receives Israeli Designed UAV".
*Feb 4/13: local assembly.* Russia has begun assembling Searcher-II UAVs
locally. sUAS News, "Russian-assembled Searcher UAS takes flight":

"Russia's Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UZGA) has performed the first
flight of a locally-assembled Israel Aerospace Industries Searcher II
unmanned air vehicle. During flight tests performed from Yekaterinburg in
early December 2012, the type operated "smoothly" despite operations being
performed with a ground temperature of about -30C (-22F)"

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^}<http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/israel-and-russia-in-uav-deal-05459/?utm_medium=textlink&utm_term=continuereading>
Keep reading for the whole story with recent events put in context
[image: Searcher II
SAR]<http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_UAV_Searcher-II_SAR_lg.jpg>
Searcher II with SAR
(click to view full)
Since 2007, we've been treated to ongoing speculation about Syria buying
Russian weapons<http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/syria-buying-mig31s-mig35s-for-1-billion-03391/>with
Iranian financing, including reports of MiG-31 and MiG-29 fighters.
Some reports even placed the Islamic Republic of Iran as the ultimate
recipient. Other reports claimed delays in
delivery<http://www.defencetalk.com/s-300-missile-deliveries-to-iran-under-review-22970/>
[image:
external link] of advanced
S-300<http://www.ausairpower.net/APA-Grumble-Gargoyle.html> [image:
external link] long-range anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, which eventually
became a cancellation and refund. Syria also discovered hang-ups in
receiving advanced Russian equipment.
What was even more interesting were the parallel and verified reports that
Israel may be selling UAVs to Russia, alongside speculation that these sets
of events may be related.


Quid Pro Quo: UAVs for Russia
[image: UAV Searcher-II
Components]<http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_UAV_Searcher-II_Components_lg.jpg>
Searcher II system
(click to view full)
Russia's surveillance needs are genuine, and the recent war in Georgia
demonstrated the value of UAVs - to the Georgian side. Most of those UAVs
were Israeli-made.
UAVs have a much smaller field of view than manned aircraft, and at the
moment they also have much higher accident rates. In exchange, they offer
extremely long endurance, the potential for centralized monitoring, and
much lower costs per-hour. This combination is ideal for monitoring
critical infrastructure. Such as, for example, long oil and gas pipelines
that are the chokepoint of a Russian economy relying on energy exports.
Russia's UAV-related problems are two-fold.
The first problem is that they are behind in UAV technology. Russia's
defense sector is still weak as a result of the devastating budget cutbacks
in the 1990s, when Russia's economy and defense spending both collapsed.
Small to medium size UAVs are not a technically difficult aerospace
project. The problem is that finding production resources and time can be
difficult in a centralized system that has yet to recover and modernize,
and needs its available engineers to support existing strategic and/or
export-oriented projects. Russia has made progress in this field since
2007, but that didn't solve their immediate problem at the time, and the
slowness of that progress suggests that issues remain.
Reports of Russian UAV performance in Georgia shone a harsh light on their
difficulties. Defense Update:

"An example of Russian UAVs technology is the Tipchak system developed by
the Lutch Design Bureau. According to Mr Popovkin, the drone was
operational during the recent fighting with Georgia, but had demonstrated
many problems, among them a distinct acoustic signature audible from long
distance, which, coupled with the low ceiling, yielded high vulnerability
to ground fire. The developers are currently working on a new-generation
Tipchak, expected to be delivered in about three years... The new Russian UAV
weighs 132 pounds, has a payload of 32 pounds and can stay in the air for
two hours per sortie. The Tipchak can operate as high as 10,000 feet. The
drone carries a day/night camera payload. It has an operational range of 40
km and mission endurance of about two hours."

The second problem is less tractable, as it has been a long-standing
Russian weakness. UAVs require miniaturization and lightweight components
for their payloads, or their performance suffers badly. This has always
been a problem for Russian equipment, which tends to be overbuilt rather
than over-engineered. Russia has also traditionally had issues producing
reliable electronics, which are required for the UAVs' back-end.
The Israeli Solution
[image: UAV I-View
Landing]<http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_UAV_I-View_Landing_lg.jpg>
I-View, landing
(click to view full)
Israel is a world leader in UAV technology, and its entire defense
infrastructure received a huge boost from a 1990s influx of
technically-skilled Russian Jewish emigrants. It wasn't entirely
surprising, therefore, when consistent reports surfaced that Israel and
Russia were discussing a deal for UAVs.
The UAV systems in question reportedly include 3 IAI products, and their
accompanying Israeli-made sensor payloads. The largest is the Searcher-II
tactical UAV. Searchers have an endurance of 12-15 hours. They have
received excellent reviews from Russia's traditional defense ally India,
for instance, and were recently bought by
Spain<http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/spain-snaps-up-searcherii-uavs-for-afghan-mission-03269/>for
service in Afghanistan. The order also reportedly includes smaller
I-View MK150 short-range UAVs that use parachutes to land, and
hand-launched Bird-Eye 400 mini-UAVs.
Ultimately, according to RIA-Novosti, Russia aims to develop a fleet of at
least 100 UAVs with flight ranges of up to 240 miles, and airborne
endurance of 12 hours or more. That's beyond the specifications of these
Israeli UAVs, although the Searcher-II comes close.
In May 2009, Jerusalem Post also reported that a follow-on deal "is likely
to include the sale of IAI's long-range Heron." IAI's
Heron<http://www.israeli-weapons.com/weapons/aircraft/uav/heron/heron.html>
[image:
external link] comes in 3 variants, all of which are Medium Altitude, Long
Endurance (MALE) platforms in the same class as the USA's MQ-1 Predator.
They would exceed Russia's desired specifications several-fold, but they
would also represent a transfer of more advanced UAV technology. Subsequent
comments by a Russian official underlined the risks inherent in that
approach - but sometimes strategy makes strange bedfellows, and the
risk/reward calculus isn't always straightforward.
To this point, no Heron UAVs have been reported in Russia, and the $400
million October 2010 deal seems to center around license production of
smaller UAVs like the Searcher-IIs. Meanwhile, Israel's ties with Russia
continue to expand, quietly. Russia's state-controlled Gazprom is expected
to be a major player in developing Israel's huge offshore gas reserves.
Contracts & Key Events
2011 - 2014

[image: Russian Outpost (Searcher-II)
UAV]<http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_UAV_Searcher-II_Russian_Outpost_2011_Letagur_CCASA3_lg.jpg>
'Outpost' UAV, 2011
(click to view full)
*Feb 3/14: local assembly.* i-HLS offers an update that clarifies at least
part of the $400 million October 2010 local assembly agreement.

"Russian Air Force has received six 'Outpost' (Searcher-II) UAV's. The
platoon will be based in RAF's air base in Kamchatka and will perform
tactical reconnaissance sorties in the region. The 'Outpost' UAV has been
produced by UZGA at its Nizhny Tagil [Sverdlovsk] factory, under license
from Israeli IAI."

Kamchatka is Russia's northeastern coast, above Japan. What's up there?
Among other things, Russia's Pacific Fleet, including its nuclear
submarines. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how many of Russia's
other Israeli UAVs end up in the Sochi region for the next little while.
Sources: i-HLS, "Russian Air Force Receives Israeli Designed UAV".
*Feb 4/13: local assembly.* Russia has begun assembling Searcher-II UAVs
locally. sUAS News, "Russian-assembled Searcher UAS takes flight":

"Russia's Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UZGA) has performed the first
flight of a locally-assembled Israel Aerospace Industries Searcher II
unmanned air vehicle. During flight tests performed from Yekaterinburg in
early December 2012, the type operated "smoothly" despite operations being
performed with a ground temperature of about -30C (-22F)"

*May 24/11: Deliveries.* Flight International
says<http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/05/24/357110/picture-first-glimpse-of-russian-searcher-ii-uas.html>
[image:
external link] deliveries are continuing, and offers a photo of a Russian
Searcher II UAV.
*May 19/11: Deliveries.* The Russians seem to be very pleased with their
Israeli equipment. Flight International
reports<http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/05/19/356833/moscow-evaluates-additional-israeli-uavs.html>
[image:
external link] that:

"Following first deliveries of the company's BirdEye-400 and Searcher-2 air
vehicles, the Russian side is "showing great interest" in additional IAI
models, sources said. Moscow signed a $400 million contract last year to
acquire the systems. IAI refused to give details but sources said each new
request will be evaluated "in the framework" of Israeli interests."

See Sept 19/10 entry for more on those interests, though the Israelis could
conceivably look for a non-military quid pro quo. The most sensitive IAI
UAV export would be their Harop/
Harpy-2<http://www.defpro.com/daily/details/415/> [image:
external link] "loitering munitions," but IAI's long-endurance Heron
UAVs<http://www.iai.co.il/18900-en/BusinessAreas_UnmannedAirSystems_HeronFamily.aspx>
[image:
external link] might be even more attractive to Russia. With the
introduction of the larger, improved Heron TP Eitan, clearance for the
popular Heron-1 Shoval UAV may be more thinkable now.
*Jan 17/11: Deliveries.* Reports surface that IAI has delivered a dozen UAV
systems to Russia, including Bird-Eye 400, I-View Mk 150, and Searcher II
UAVS; and trained 50 Russian UAV pilots at its main facility near Ben
Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv.
UPI<http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2011/01/17/IAI-delivers-12-UAVs-to-Russia-in-key-deal/UPI-57821295280313/>
[image:
external link] also quotes Jacques Chemia, chief engineer of IAI's UAV
division, with an interesting statistic:

"Israel is the world's leading exporter of drones, with more than 1,000
sold in 42 countries..."

2007 - 2010

[image: Birds Eye
400]<http://media.defenceindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_UAV_Birds_Eye_400_Launch_lg.jpg>
Birds Eye 400 Launch
(click to view larger)
*Oct 13/10: Iran.* Iran says it will seek financial damages for Russia's
failure to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems per their contract.
Rosoboronexport head Sergei Chemezov has already said that Russia will
return Iran's $166.8 million initial payment. Tehran
Times<http://www.tehrantimes.com/Index_view.asp?code=228394> [image:
external link] | RIA
Novosti<http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20101012/160930941.html>
[image:
external link] |
UPI<http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2010/10/11/Iran-to-sue-Russia-for-S-300-dealbreaker/UPI-47111286807144/>
[image:
external link].
*Oct 12/10: UAV kits.* Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) CEO Itzhak Nissan,
and the Oboronprom Russian Industrial Corporation Director-General Andrey
Reus sign an agreement to sell UAV assembly elements and services to
Oboronprom, beginning in 2011.
Globes describes the agreement as a 3-year, $400 million deal. Mr. Nissan
added that "we hope to expand our joint relationship to include additional
areas such as the commercial market and green energy sector." Israel's
Globes<http://web.archive.org/web/20131204174432/http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000593706&fid=1725>
[image:
external link], "IAI in $400m Russian UAV deal" |
IAI<http://web.archive.org/web/20101029000001/http://www.iai.co.il/32981-41511-EN/MediaRoom_News.aspx>
[image:
external link], "In the presence of the Minister of Industry of Russia
Israel Aerospace Industries' CEO and the Director-General of Russia's
Oboronprom Corporation have signed an agreement for unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAVs)" | RIA
Novosti<http://web.archive.org/web/20121010204508/http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20101013/160940932.html>
[image:
external link], Israeli firm sells UAV assembly components to Russia
(Update 1)".
$400M deal


*Sept 22/10: Iran.* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signs a decree on
measures to implement U.N. Security Council resolution 1929, regarding
sanctions on Iran. The decree will ban supplies of S-300 missiles under the
2005 contract, as well as tanks, choppers, fighter jets, ships and other
arms to Iran. That could be significant if it included spare parts, as
Iran's forces include a large proportion of Russian fighters, and all of
its Kilo Class submarines. Reports have not mentioned this aspect of the
decree.
Iran responds by blustering that it will build its own air defense
system. Agence
France Presse<http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jGmRyNIYu3qI8QkpzJHWGQuXR0Fg>
[image:
external link] | All Headline
News<http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7019988162> [image:
external link] |
Bloomberg<http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-23/iran-to-build-own-air-defense-system-after-russia-withholds-s-300-missiles.html>
[image:
external link] | Jerusalem
Post<http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=190946> [image:
external link] | Middle East
Online<http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=41896> [image:
external link] | Tehran
Times<http://www.tehrantimes.com/Index_view.asp?code=228104> [image:
external link].
*Sept 19/10: Syria.* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admits that
despite intensive diplomacy, Israel had failed to dissuade Russia from
selling supersonic P-800
Yakhont<http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/missile/row/ss-n-26.htm>
[image:
external link] anti-ship missiles (SS-N-26, the basis for India's PJ-10
Brahmos) to Syria.
On the one hand, Syria has transferred Chinese C-802 subsonic anti-ship
missiles to Hezbollah before, which raises Israeli concerns. The other
geopolitical angle is that Russia reportedly has an agreement with Syria to
expand their naval supply and maintenance base in the Syrian city of
Tartus, and turn it into a venue that can host Russian nuclear warships,
and create a permanent Russian naval presence in the Mediterranean. A shore
battery of SS-N-26 missiles near that base would provide formidable
defenses. Ha'aretz
<http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20101013/160940932.html> [image:
external link].
*Sept 1/10: Politics.* Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak meets with
Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov, and signs a long-term defense
co-operation agreement. Like all such agreements, it spells out the agreed
terms and procedures for further cooperation in specific areas, and for
military contracts. That's a big step, considering that Russia has
traditionally been a key supplier to Israel's enemies - and in many ways,
remains so. Tensions over a pending sale to Syria of supersonic P-800
Yakhont anti-ship missiles are one example, especially after Chinese C-802
missiles found their way to Hezbollah. Russia's role in Iran's nuclear
weapons program is another.
On the other hand, Russian-Israeli cooperation is growing. UAVs are one
example. A proposed laser ranging station in Israel for Russia's GLONASS
GPS constellation is another. Israel's expertise in advanced gear for
soldiers and urban warfare equipment is a 3rd. Russia
Today<http://rt.com/Politics/2010-09-06/israel-defense-minister-moscow.html>
[image:
external link] - see also RT
video<http://nosint.blogspot.com/2010/09/israel-defense-minister-in-moscow-for.html>
[image:
external link] |
TASS<http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=15465397&PageNum=0>
[image:
external link] | Israel's
Globes<http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000587391&fid=942>
[image:
external link] | Jerusalem
Post<http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=187362>
[image:
external link] | USA's Radio Free
Europe<http://www.rferl.org/content/Russia_Israel_Sign_Military_Cooperation_Agreement/2150123.html>
[image:
external link] | China's
Xinhua<http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90853/7131998.html>
[image:
external link].
*July 25/10: 2nd buy.* Russia's Interfax reports that Russia is buying 36
more UAV systems. A
subsequent<http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20101013/160940932.html>
[image:
external link] RIA Novosti report places the deal's value at $100 million,
and says the UAVs are to be delivered by the end of 2010.
Interfax<http://www.interfax.ru/society/news.asp?id=146632> [image:
external link] [in Russian].
2nd order


*Dec 8/09: Russia wants more.* Amidst recent comments by Russian Air Force
(VVS) Commander-in-Chief (CINC) Colonel-General Aleksandr Zelin expressing
his deep dissatisfaction with Russian-designed UAV tradeoffs, reports
surface that Russia is looking to triple its Israeli UAV order. Col. Gen.
Zelin expressed his unhappiness with Russian UAVs, citing issues with:

"...either with the speed, or flight altitude or the resolution capacity of
their equipment. It is a sheer crime to make operational unmanned aircraft
without the required tactical and technical characteristics... "I am,
therefore, refusing to sign any acceptance papers."

Not so long ago, that really would have been a crime in Russia. These days,
it's just causing the VVS to look elsewhere for a stopgap, just as the US
Marines and Army did with Israeli designs like the RQ-1 Pioneer, R/MQ-5
Hunter, etc. during the 1990s. The big question is whether more capable
UAVs like the Hermes 450 or Heron would be supplied this time, along with
their more advanced sensors. Some analysts think that a second deal for
about $100 million that results in advanced Israeli technology being stolen
may be deemed an acceptable strategic price to pay - IF it actually buys
Israel some time by stalling sales of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.
Then, too, there's also Russia's long-standing defense industrial issues
with quality control and miniaturization, especially of sensors, which may
prevent it from successfully fielding the things it steals. Turkey's
similar problems, which have hobbled their own attempts to field Israeli
Heron UAVs, are instructive in this regard. Iran
PressTV<http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=113168&sectionid=351020602>
[image:
external link] | Jamestown
Foundation<http://georgiandaily.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15864&Itemid=132>
[image:
external link] | SatNews
Daily<http://www.satnews.com/cgi-bin/story.cgi?number=972070607l>
[image:
external link] |
StrategyPage<http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htproc/articles/20091212.aspx>
[image:
external link] |
UPI<http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2009/12/08/Russia-wants-more-Israeli-spy-drones/UPI-67481260290589/>
[image:
external link].
*June 22/09: Initial deal.* Vyacheslav Dzilkarn, the deputy head of the
Russian governmental Federal Service for Military and Technical
Cooperation, confirms to RIA Novosti that Russia is buying 12 Israeli UAVs
for $53 million. This April 2009 contract reportedly consists of 2 Bird Eye
400 systems ($4 million), 8 I-View MK150 tactical UAV systems ($37 million)
and 2 Searcher Mk II multi-mission UAV systems ($12 million).
He then proceeds to alarm and annoy the Israelis when he says that the main
goal of the purchase is to study Israeli technology in order to build
drones in Russia. A Jerusalem Post report added a quote from an Israeli
official, who appeared to close the door on sales of more advanced UAVs. He
added that:

"We have a responsibility to safeguard our ingenious technology... We were
aware of this possibility, even though it was not said explicitly until
now."

Sources: Jerusalem
Post<http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1245184888172&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull>
[image:
external link] | Defense
News<http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4152865&c=MID&s=AIR>
[image:
external link] | RIA Novosti [dead link].
*May 24/09:* The Jerusalem Post reports that Israel has signed a $50-53
million deal with Russia for 12 UAV systems, and that Israeli authorities
are looking to speed up Russia's UAV order.
Russia buys UAVs


*May 20-26/09:* The Jerusalem Post reports that Iran has stopped funding
for the Russian MiG-31E Interceptor sale to Syria, adding that "Wednesday,
May 20, the official Russian arms export company Rosoboronexport announced
the deal was off without explanation" A subsequent article noted Syria's
denial that the deal was off.
Additional Readings


   - IAI - Bird Eye family
<http://www.iai.co.il/2013/35099-en/IAI.aspx> [image:
   external link]

   - IAI - I-View
Mk.150<http://web.archive.org/web/20101209083321/http://www.iai.co.il/33846-33799-en/default.aspx>
[image:
   external link]. 2010 snapshot.

   - Israeli Weapons - Searcher
II<http://web.archive.org/web/20100713081143/http://www.israeli-weapons.com/weapons/aircraft/uav/searcher2/Searcher2.html>
[image:
   external link]. 2010 snapshot.

   - IAI - Searcher
Mk.III<http://www.iai.co.il/2013/18894-15742-en/IAI.aspx> [image:
   external link]

   - DID - Syria Buying $1 billion in Russian
Weapons<http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/syria-buying-mig31s-mig35s-for-1-billion-03391/>

   - DID - Russia's Military Spending Jumping - But Can Its
Industry?<http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Russias-Military-Spending-Jumping-But-Can-Its-Industry-05087/>

   - DID - Israeli Manufacturers' $150M Turkish UAV Contract
Endangered<http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/israeli-manufacturers-win-150m-turkish-uav-contract-updated-0389/>.
   Israel had no issue with selling Turkey Heron UAVs, which are in a similar
   class to the American Predator. But the Turks insisted on their own clunky
   sensors, and the resulting weight issues hurt the Herons' performance to
   the point that it almost destroyed the deal. Russia's problems in this area
   would be similar, but worse. Unless they can just outsource sensors to
   France's Thales, something that Britain's Watchkeeper
program<http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/uk-gives-green-light-to-watchkeeper-uav-0909/>has
   already done for the slightly smaller Hermes 450 UAV.

   - Motley Fool (May 8/09) - "Hey! Who's Flying This Thing?" 2009
Edition<http://web.archive.org/web/20100115211057/http://www.fool.com/investing/high-growth/2009/05/08/hey-whos-flying-this-thing-2009-edition.aspx>
[image:
   external link]. Speculates that Russia's buy is simply a prelude to
   theft, an idea that Russian officials would later reinforce.

   - Defense Update (April 2009) - UAV Sale Marks a New Milestone in
   Russian-Israeli Defense
Relations<http://web.archive.org/web/20131206065239/http://defense-update.com/features/2009/april/israeli_russian_uav_130409.html>
[image:
   external link]. It hails the long efforts to improve cooperation, but
   adds: *"...the potential economical benefit for Israel is questionable, in
   retrospect of sensitive technological leakage to its enemies and, the risk
   of training the Russian engineers in advanced technologies. These are known
   to be masters of re[verse] engineering, during the days of the Cold War
   with the west."*

   - DID (Oct 31/07) - US-Israeli Covenant Forces Review of Civilian
   Satellite Deal With
China<http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/us-israeli-covenant-forces-review-of-civilian-satellite-deal-with-china-04118/>.
   It does not appear to have been an issue for the reported Russian UAV deal.


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